Choosing the Right Crown Molding for Your Home

Finding simple and efficient ways to give your home a customized look can help you increase the overall aesthetic of your living areas and the property value of your home. One of the easiest ways to give any room a custom look is with the addition of crown molding.
Crown molding is a special type of trim that is installed along the top of a wall. This molding serves a decorative purpose, so finding the right crown molding is essential when it comes to creating your desired home aesthetic.

Because choosing the right crown molding can be a difficult decision, here are three simple factors to consider before investing in crown molding.  
1. Ceiling Height
One of the most important factors that you can take into consideration when investing in crown molding is the overall height of the ceilings in your living area.

If a room has low ceilings, then you will want to avoid crown molding that is too thick. A thick crown molding combined with a low ceiling can make your living space feel more closed off—making the room feel smaller than it is. Rely on thinner pieces of molding to achieve a custom look in rooms with low ceilings.

If your living space features vaulted or cathedral ceilings, you can easily combine pieces of trim to create a custom crown molding design. Pairing two or more decorative trims allows you to create a molding design that will be unique to your home. The taller height of vaulted and cathedral ceilings can support a wider crown molding—allowing you to get creative with your trim combinations.
2. Color
The next factor that should be taken into consideration as you select crown molding for your home is the color palette of the space where you’re adding the trim. You want your molding to stand apart from the wall and ceiling color, but you don't want crown molding to overpower the aesthetic of the room.

If you have white walls and ceilings, then a stained wood or eggshell-colored molding will accentuate the living space without overpowering it. If your walls are painted in rich earth tones or vibrant hues, then crown molding that is white will frame the room nicely.

Be sure that you are taking the color palette of your living space into consideration as you select crown molding to ensure you end up with a trim that accentuates your living space.
3. Material
Crown moldings can be created using a variety of different materials. Knowing which type of material will uniquely blend into your living space can help you invest in the right molding for your home.

Wood moldings are suitable for homeowners wanting to create a natural ambiance through stains or varnishes. Plaster moldings are perfectly suited for homeowners looking to add ornate crown moldings to a historic or stately home. Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) moldings provide homeowners with the same benefits that wood moldings can offer, but at a reduced price point.

Understanding the different types of materials used to manufacture crown molding will allow you to select the moldings that will complement your home well into the future.

The addition of crown molding can help elevate the style and ambiance of any room in your home. Selecting the right crown molding for your home can be tricky, and you will need to take your home's ceiling height, your design color palette and the materials used to manufacture the crown molding into consideration when making a final decision.

Let the molding professionals at Larsen Bros. Lumber Co. help you find the perfect crown molding for your next home remodeling project.